Center for Studies in Behavioral Neurobiology



Shimon Amir


7141, rue Sherbrooke Ouest, SP 244
Montréal (Québec)
H4B 1R6
514 848-2424, ext. 2188


Researchers : 17


Historically, a major focus of research at the CSBN has been the study of the neurobiological bases of addiction and reward, decision-making and circadian rhythms. With the growth of the Center, the research focus has broadened to include the study of learning and memory, sexual behaviour and female cognition, and biological rhythms and neural oscillations. These research areas are studied at molecular, cellular, neuronal, hormonal and psychological levels of analysis. Experimental approaches include neurophysiology, neuropharmacology, optogenetics and chemogenetics, neuroanatomy, neuroendocrinology, and molecular neuroscience.

Research themes
  • Neurobiological basis of addiction
  • Study of appetitive motivation
  • Neurobiological basis of decision-making
  • Neural and hormonal processes responsible for food-related behaviour, circadian rhythms, and reproductive functions
  • Studies of learning and memory at the cellular and system levels
  • Circadian rhythms and sleep

*The mission comes from the group's website.